L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Luncheon honors women entrepreneurs

PASADENA — The ninth annual “Women, Wealth, Warriors” luncheon was held March 24 at Lake Avenue Church.

“Entrepreneurship is the key to financial freedom for many women,” said Tunisia Offray, the event’s organizer. “I know, because it’s helped me. I am my own boss, I create my own hours and I’m able to spend much more time with my kids and provide for them.”

Among those attending were Coleen Sullivan from ABC 7 L.A., R&B singer Teedra Moses, comedian Sunda Croonquist and Rainbow Barris, the wife of “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, among others.

Speakers will talk about the struggles they’ve faced in their respective businesses and how they overcame them.

Proceeds benefited the Shepherd’s Door Domestic Violence Resource Center in Pasadena.

Marian Edelman

to speak at USC

LOS ANGELES — A discussion on race and health in America by Marian Wright Edelman will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 29 at USC’s Mayer Auditorium, 1975 Zonal Ave.

Edelman, founder of the child advocacy nonprofit Children’s Defense Fund, will talk about the mission of the organization and the work it has done to improve the lives of children across the country.

She was the first African-American woman to be admitted into the Mississippi Bar and served as a counsel for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign.

The event is free. RSVP and information: (213) 740-0483.

Ceremony to honor

Martin Luther King Jr.

LOS ANGELES — A ceremony celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will take place from 10 a.m. to noon March 31 at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, 4100 S. La Cienega Blvd.

The event is taking place in recognition of King’s assassination 50 years ago. The Rev. James Lawson Jr. will be the keynote speaker.

A processional will begin at 10 a.m. from the Upper Eastern Ridgeline parking lot to the event location.

Information: (323) 298-3660, http://ridley-thomas.lacounty.gov/.

King remembrance

day planned April 4

LOS ANGELES — A 50-second moment of silence to commemorate the death of Martin Luther King Jr. will take place at 4:05 p.m. April 4 on Martin Luther King and Crenshaw boulevards.

The remembrance day is meant as a call to Los Angeles residents and city officials to end gun violence, poverty and recommit to King’s fight for civil and voting rights, as well as his pursuit of peace.

The event marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Roundtable  is organizing the event.

Chamber to honor

women trailblazers

LOS ANGELES –– Three local women trailblazers will be acknowledged for their contributions to the city from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 30 at the JW Marriott L.A. Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd.

The women include Avis Ridley-Thomas, Capri Maddox and Christine Keith, who will be honored during the 25th annual Economic Awards Dinner, hosted by the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce.

Ridley-Thomas, who will receive the Community Service Award, is the co-director of the Institute for Nonviolence in L.A. and Day of Violence, where she trains people to confront conflict without using force and violence.

Maddox will be recognized with the Lawyer of the Year Award. As a special assistant city attorney, she has worked in public service for two decades. With her current position, Maddox participates in criminal and civil cases, among other duties.

Keith, president of Elite Auto Network, will be the recipient of the Member of the Year Award. Before her current title, Keith was a general practice physician who turned her family practice into a free clinic to meet the needs of underserved communities.

Information: (323) 292-1297, glaaacc.org.

Women’s Theater

Festival to begin

HOLLYWOOD — The Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival will run March 29 to April 1 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., and at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Lodge.

The Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony will kick off the festival to honor multicultural and multidisciplinary women performers. The gala will be directed by actress Iona Morris, who was the original voice of Storm in the animated X-Men series, and will be hosted by Hattie Winston of the show “Becker” and actor Ted Lange from “The Love Boat” television series.

Ticket reservations and information: (818) 760-0408, http://www.lawtf.org.

Mall to hold

Easter activities

BALDWIN HILLS––A free Easter egg hunt and celebration will take place from noon to 3:00 p.m. March 31 at he Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

Guests can head to the Center Court after checking in and picking up a free gift bag.

There will be crafts for kids, face painting, treats and more. An Easter bunny will be in attendance for photos.

Information: (323) 290-6636.

Dodgers alumni

to attend event

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers Alumni League will be the special guests at a family evening event from 4 to 7 p.m. April 11 at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles, 1900 S. Main St.

The Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities is partnering with the museum to fundraise for the commission’s educational Scholarships Programs and its general operations.

Event tickets will include catering by So-Cal Burgers Chill and Grill and entry into the museum, which is home to sports memorabilia for tennis, football, biking, basketball and more.

Adult tickets are $20 and children ages 3 to 12 pay $15. Information: http://laccod.lacounty.gov/, (213) 974-1053.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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